Sometimes in order to show the world who you really are, you have to see yourself first. On today’s episode, we are joined by Solo an artist who has been rebuilding his life brick by brick through addiction and depression recovery and is ready to share his story. Solo discusses the early childhood pain that shaped his outlook as an adult, the serendipitous moments that took him from drawing privately to selling out gallery shows, and the rock bottom realization years later that would help him turn his life around. Listen in for a powerful episode on art making, coming to terms with your past, and moving beyond it to create a brighter future. And discover how the path back to a fulfilling life can be even more astonishing and inspiring than your original journey there.
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Solo’s work confronts a lineage of trauma, addiction, and mental illness through the rituals of drawing, sculpture and assemblage.
Solo learned to create as a way to survive living in a violent home, seeking refuge in a world of his own making. However, rather than shy away from the darkness, his work confronts it boldly, depicting and evoking domestic and cultural violence, manifesting as a portraiture of trauma. Through these confrontational corporeal works, he seeks personal and collective healing. His practice fuses western art disciplines, queer liberatory strategies and traditional techniques drawn from his Cherokee-Mexican cultural lineage.
While represented at Catharine Clark Gallery, Solo presented three solo shows; his first, OTHER, sold out before its opening night at Art Basel. Solo’s drawings reside in the prestigious Auchenbach Foundation For Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Solo has also been nominated for the SECA Art Award. He has participated in group exhibitions in Berlin, London, Paris, Athens, Geneva, Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. He has collaborated with choreographer Monique Jenkinson/Fauxnique, electronic musician Marc Kate and fashion label N.I.C.E. Collective.